Schroeder Valves' new high performance flow test loop has started operation. This facility provides increased capacity and functionality compared to the existing flow test loop that has been in operation for a number of years. The flow test facility allows Schroeder to carry out a complete functional test for each and every Automatic Recirculation Control (ARC) valve prior to delivery to the customer. The water storage tank has a capacity of 80m3 and a total of seven pumps with an individual capacity ranging from 120m3/h up to 2,200m3/h.
The pumps are all electric motor driven with power ratings ranging from 30KW to 500KW. Different combinations of pumps can be used together, and the maximum flow capacity of the test loop is 4000m3/h. The flow test facility has 5 separate stations for testing valves with nominal sizes from DN 25 (1in) up to DN 750 (30in). Two independent flow tests can be carried out simultaneously. This test facility has a PLC system that allows the flow test to be run fully automated, semi automated or manually.